Secondary Suite Study

Secondary suites has its benefits but can bring with it land use planning and infrastructure challenges. 2015 BC Assessment data indicates that 134 single detached homes in Chilliwack contain secondary suites and it’s estimated that the actual number could be significantly higher, assuming there are many suites developed post construction without a building permit.

Legalizing secondary suites typically means expanding areas where secondary suites are permitted within single family homes supported by programs to encourage homeowners to voluntarily bring their existing suites into compliance with City bylaws or build and legalize future suites.

To determine a course of action and better understand the issues and options for legalizing suites in the City, a report is currently underway with Urban Systems and the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Department. Public engagement is anticipated to start late this spring.

We would like you to tell us what you think about
secondary suites in Chilliwack.

For additional information please contact the planning department at 604.793.2906.